Midday Express of 2013-05-13
European Commission - MEX/13/0513 13/05/2013
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The European Commission has today adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The Action Plan follows from the Atlantic Strategy the Commission adopted in 2011 (see IP/11/1456). It aims to show how the EU's Atlantic Member States, their regions and the Commission can help create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the "blue economy", which has the potential to provide 7 million jobs in Europe by 2020. At the same time, the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean must be preserved. See also: MEMO/13/417
Acclaimed film director Thomas Vinterberg is the winner of the 2013 European Union Prix MEDIA, awarded to the best new film project supported by the MEDIA programme for cinema. His new film, entitled Kollektivet, will tell the story of life in a 1970s Danish commune, a theme inspired by his own upbringing. Vinterberg will receive the Prix MEDIA from Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at the Cannes Film Festival on 19 May.
15 May 2013: Roundtable with civil society on Roma integration open to press
The European Commission will organise a roundtable discussion to consult civil society on Roma integration in Europe. The event will take place on 15 May at 17.00 and bring together key players from Roma civil society – such as the European Roma Information Office, the European Roma Education Fund, Amnesty International and the Roma Grassroots Organisations Network. It comes ahead of the next Commission report on progress in implementing national strategies for Roma integration, due to be adopted within the next two months. Under the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, adopted in April 2011, European leaders committed to setting out how they will improve the situation of Roma communities in their countries and to monitoring progress on the ground. The European Commission reports to the European Parliament and to the Council on progress made in the implementation of the EU Framework annually. Details: 15 May 2013 at 17.00 – European Commission Berlaymont building, Room François-Xavier Ortoli (13th floor). Journalists wishing to attend should contact Joshua.SALSBY@ec.europa.eu
The EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will take place in Brussels tomorrow at 11.00. The European Commission will be represented by Vice President Olli Rehn, Commissioner Michel Barnier, Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta, and Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski. The Ministers will discuss the Commission’s proposal establishing a framework for bank recovery and resolution. In addition, the Commission expects the Council to adopt conclusions on tax evasion and tax fraud, with a view to the European Council. The Council will be called on to adopt a mandate for the Commission to negotiate amended savings tax agreements with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra and San Marino, and to agree on updated EU-wide rules on the taxation of savings. Ministers will also discuss the draft amending budget no. 2 for the EU's 2013 budget.
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of DP World Asia by Goodman and DP World
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of DP World Asia by Goodman of Australia together with its current parent DP World of the United Arab Emirates. Goodman is an integrated commercial and industrial property group that owns, develops and manages real estate including warehouses, large scale logistics facilities, business parks and offices. DP World is an international maritime operator providing cargo handling and logistics services across the world. DP World Asia is active in container terminal services and logistics in Hong Kong and it has no actual or foreseen activities in the EEA. The operation therefore was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website in the public case register under the case number M.6913 .
What Commissioners said
On Europe Day (9 May), President Barroso at the State of the Union conference in Florence focused on how to regain confidence, which is key for the economy. He said that the crisis is "a unique opportunity to promote a long-overdue reform agenda" outlining how progress is being made towards sustainable growth and jobs, built on increased competitiveness not debt. He urged to act against tax evasion and youth unemployment and to restore adequate financing to the economy – pointing to on-going work of ECB and EIB in this regard. He also warned not to demonize populist discourses" and argued that "the point is to demonstrate that our policies go in the right direction for the long term, that the European alternative is the best one, the one to be trusted most." He finally expressed confidence about Italy's capacity to achieve its reform goals.
The Commission wants Europe's healthcare systems to be ready for the era when we routinely live to be 90 or 100. Without great eHealth, our health systems won't cope. One of Europe's greatest social achievements will be lost. This is unacceptable says Vice President Kroes, who, as the oldest Commissioner (71) is also trying to set an example about the need for all Europeans to stay active and independent as they age, and for technology to support that.